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How to create a Spiral Ribbon in Adobe Illustrator?


Spiral Ribbon in Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is a great platform to use your creativity to produce some good artwork. The tools and effects in-build in the software helps in doing the same.  In today’s tutorial we will create Spiral Ribbon with the help of Symbol Tool and 3D effect.

Spiral Ribbon in Adobe Illustrator

Step 1

Start by creating a new document. Now select the Rectangle Tool form the Tool Panel and draw few rectangles as shown in the below image. The width of the rectangles will define the width of your Spiral Ribbon.

Spiral Ribbon in Adobe Illustrator

Now select the top most rectangle and click on Curvature Tool. We have selected this tool to transform the edge of the rectangle.

With the help of Curvature Tool add and anchor point on the left side of the rectangle and then with the help of Direct Selection Tool drag that anchor point inside the rectangle to transform its shape.

Spiral Ribbon in Adobe Illustrator

Now do the same with the right hand side of the bottom most rectangles.

Spiral Ribbon in Adobe Illustrator

Step 2

We will create a symbol in this step.

Select all the rectangles and rotate them to 14o. Now open the Symbols Panel by clicking on Window in the Menu Bar and selecting Symbols.

Spiral Ribbon in Adobe Illustrator

Now drag the selected rectangles into the Symbols Panel to add it as a symbol.

Spiral Ribbon in Adobe Illustrator

Click OK in the Symbol Option Box to add a symbol.

Step 3

In this step we will use the 3D effect to create the Spiral Ribbon.

Select the Ellipse Tool and draw a circle. Now select the circle with the help Selection Tool and right click on Eraser Tool to select the Scissor Tool. With the help of Scissor Tool cut the circle into half.

Spiral Ribbon in Adobe Illustrator

Delete one half part of the circle and then select the Pen Tool and draw a straight line joining the anchor points of the remaining half part to form a semi circle.

Spiral Ribbon in Adobe Illustrator

Select the semi circle and click on Effect in the Menu Bar. Place the cursor on 3D and select Revolve. 3D Revolve Option box will appear. Put a checkmark on Preview. When you will put a checkmark on Preview you will see that your semi circle has been converted into a 3D ball.

By default the side selected in 3D Revolve Option is Left Edge. Change it into Right Edge.

Spiral Ribbon in Adobe Illustrator

Now click on Map Art and a dialogue box will appear. In that dialogue box put a checkmark on Invisible Geometry. Now click on symbol and select the new symbol added. And place it in the same way as shown in the image below.

Spiral Ribbon in Adobe Illustrator

Click OK after doing all the required changes.

Step 4

Now we will give a final touch to the Spiral Ribbon.

Click on Object in the Menu Bar and select Expand Appearance.

Spiral Ribbon in Adobe Illustrator

Now Ungroup the whole selection twice and then click on Release Clipping Mask.

Spiral Ribbon in Adobe Illustrator

After Releasing Clipping Mask you will see all the paths of the shape. Now delete the unneeded paths from the shape.

Spiral Ribbon in Adobe Illustrator

In the above image you can see the difference between the shapes after removing unneeded paths.
Now fill color in your Spiral Ribbon with the help of Gradient Tool.

Spiral Ribbon in Adobe Illustrator

You can use this tutorial for creating logos.

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